Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mamoru Oshii brings his Tetsujin-28 stage robot out of moth balls for new movie

by Chris MaGee

It was in January of last year that we reported on how "Ghost in the Shell" director Masmoru Oshii was directing a high-tech stage play based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama's seminal "Tetsujin-28" manga. The play, which ran at the Galaxy Theater Tennozu in Osaka, told the story of of a boy and his 3 storey tall remote controlled robot known as the Tetsujin-28 (better known in North America as "Gigantor"), and featured a huge animatronic model of the robot center stage. Now, when you go to that much trouble to build a detailed, moving robot you must think, "What else can we do with this thing?" That's what Mamoru Oshii's done.

Todd Brown at Twitch is reporting that Oshii is following up his live-action sci-fi feature "Assault Girls" with another live-action sci-fi film titled "28 1/2: Mousou no Kyojin" based around "Tetsujin-28". Twitch has posted a handful of stills from the film, which definitely looks like it carries through sepia-toned aesthetic of "Assault Girls", and that's not all it carries through. It looks like the animatronic model from Oshii's stage play is making an appearance as well.

According to the official website for "28 1/2: Mousou no Kyojin" it will be released in select Japanese theatres on July 31st. This will mark the second time "Tetsujin-28" has been adapted into a live-action film. In 2005 director Shin Togashi brought Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga to life in a film that starred Hiroshi Abe, Yu Aoi, Teruyuki Kagawa and Akira Emoto.

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